Climate action hubs: apply to set one up

A national network of climate action hubs is being set up to support communities to take forward climate action in their areas. Find out how to apply to set up a hub.

How funding can be used

Successful applicants will be allocated funding, which must be spent during the financial year 2023 to 2024. 

What you can use funding for 

You can spend your funding on revenue costs directly related to the running of the hub, including:

  • staff costs
  • core running costs
  • evaluation of the hub's work
  • small items of equipment such as laptops, office furniture, stationery, training materials and tools
  • a budget for seed funding local projects

What funding cannot be used for 

You cannot use hub funding to cover: 

  • costs for which funding has already been secured from another source, whether in cash or in kind
  • items or services that only benefit an individual rather than a wider group or community
  • to repay loans or debts
  • travel abroad
  • activities promoting a particular faith or political party
  • costs that do not directly support and enable delivery of the hub’s services or project outcomes such as: general improvements to public areas; notional costs; contingency costs; and staff redundancy costs;
  • capital costs (except for office equipment and small scale items to enable the hub to carry out its activities
  • costs incurred outwith the funding period
  • recoverable VAT
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